Stories for April 6, 2008


Lead stories

6Sports video: KU tennis falls to Texas Tech

On the courts this afternoon, the Kansas tennis team was trying to get back on track with a win against Texas Tech.

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6News video: Lawrence erupts in crimson and blue

The crimson and blue celebration in downtown Lawrence continued into the morning hours, and now the attention turns to Monday night and the national championship game.

6News video: Win lifts Stewart's spirits

Rodrick Stewart lived one of his dreams last night when he took the hardwood as a member of a Final Four squad. Unfortunately, he needed crutches to reach the Alamodome floor. DJ Whetter has more.

6Sports video: Memphis squad hoping to change history

Kansas and Memphis combine to claim four national titles, but all four belong to the Jayhawks in their 100+ years of basketball history. For more on the Tigers, here's Kevin Romary.

6Sports video: Jayhawks looking to add to tradition

Last night the Kansas men handed the North Carolina Tarheels just their third loss of the season after an 84-66 win in the Alamodome. Now the Jayhawks stand just one win away from their first national championship in 20 season. DJ Whetter is in San Antonio with more.

6News video: Calipari has Kansas connections

Kansas closed yesterday's game with a 30-16 run that will send the Jayhawks into the national title tomorrow evening against #1-seeded Memphis. Earlier today Kevin Romary was in San Antonio with the Kansas/Memphis connection.

Last night's game

I was surprised Friday night to receive a half-time call from my jubilant sister in California because Lesta doesn't watch KU games live.

Basketball all night

Hello, Lawrence, Kevin and I are in Cambridge, England, on vacation.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 84, North Carolina 66

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 18-point win over North Carolina in the national semifinals, advancing KU to play Memphis for the NCAA crown Monday night. The game was won with KU playing at the pace most considered normally reserved for UNC, though the Jayhawks played at what they said was also their pace, and did so with much more efficiency.

'Dream team' blasts UCLA

With every dazzling pass, drive, steal, swat and slam, the University of Memphis showed Saturday just how beautiful basketball can be.

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Role players may decide champ

Candice Wiggins, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles have led their teams to the Final Four with All-America performances in the NCAA Tournament. For Stanford, Tennessee, Connecticut and LSU, winning the national championship could come down to which team's role players best complement its star.

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Tears began to stream down Kansas University senior Rodrick Stewart's face as crimson-and-blue-clad fans in the Alamodome began to chant his name in the closing moments of the Jayhawks' 84-66 Final Four semifinal victory over North Carolina.

Heels run out of gas

Huge hole proves insurmountable

It's no surprise. North Carolina coach Roy Williams was emotionally fragile following the Tar Heels' 84-66 loss to Kansas University at the Alamodome on Saturday.

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KU cools heels

Kansas beats tar out of UNC

Bill Self surveyed the locker room, looking at each of his Kansas University basketball players one by one, square in the eyes. "I told 'em, 'I hope you have as much fun playing tonight as I will coaching,''' said Self, Kansas University's fifth-year coach.

Commentary: Calipari, Tigers delighted after win

On the eve of the latest biggest game of his life, John Calipari strolled under the maze-like giant scaffolds that ring the Alamodome basketball court with a sly grin on his face and a delicious secret on his lips.

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Keegan: Victory completes transition

The transition from Roy Williams to Bill Self ended once and for all Saturday night inside the Alamodome, where the team with the better transition game won.

'Oh my God, this is awesome'

Chaotic joy reigns in city after big win

Fireworks were crackling over the Saturday night sky as fans celebrated in the streets, on the sidewalks, inside cars and everywhere else in Lawrence. They were toasting Kansas University's 84-66 victory over North Carolina.

Commentary: Final Four missing 1 thing: the Big 12

Connecticut, Tennessee and LSU made the women's Final Four once again this season. ESPN executives must be jumping for joy. All is right with the world.

Unsung heroine

Montgomery, not Moore, key to Huskies' run

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma says one player in particular was crucial in getting the Huskies to the Final Four for the first time in four years. Her name is not Maya Moore.

KU track qualifies 7

Seven members of the Kansas University track and field teams set NCAA regional qualifying marks this weekend.

Arizona's Bayless leaving

Arizona freshman guard Jerryd Bayless has decided to enter the NBA Draft.

Parker AP player of year

Candace Parker has earned all sorts of honors - All-American, national champion, future Olympian. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt offers another distinction: the top player in the history of women's basketball.

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Police stay busy on game night

The crowd of thousands that gathered in downtown Lawrence Saturday night to celebrate Kansas University's victory was mostly well-behaved, police said.

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Bring on Memphis

KU dominates UNC on march to title game

The Rock Chalk chant started with 1:36 remaining, signifying Kansas University's place on the doorstep of a national championship.

Bears bury Jayhawks

Kansas University's women's tennis squad continues to get strong performances from the No. 6 singles spot.

KU falls to 1-7 in Big 12

Freshman Tony Thompson collected a career high three hits, including his second home run of the season, and Ryne Price hit his team-leading ninth homer of the season.

Aldrich still awestruck after gem

Freshman 'best player in the game' for stretch, coach says

Cole Aldrich still might not fully understand just what he did. Here's the 6-foot-11 mound of a freshman forward. He just scored eight points and grabbed seven pivotal rebounds in Kansas University's 84-66 national semifinal victory over North Carolina on Saturday night.

Kansas softball rolls late

Dougie McCaulley's run-scoring fielder's choice in the top of the seventh broke a 1-all tie, then Liz Kocon crushed a grand slam and sealed Kansas University's 6-1 Big 12 softball victory Saturday over Baylor.

Commentary: Why KU fans didn't forgive Roy

When you get down to it, this whole Roy Williams saga is about how you view a coach. Some people see a coach as a leader of men (or women), a father figure, an icon in the community. Williams likes this view.